Dentures are a form of tooth restoration which can be used to replace a small or large number of missing teeth. They are removable and custom-made to fit the contours of the mouth. There are two main types of dentures: partial dentures are used to replace a small number of teeth, while complete dentures replace full sets of teeth.
Within this range there are different types of dentures, which include the likes of conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are placed after the teeth have been removed and the gums healed, while immediate dentures are fitted straight after tooth extraction to provide an instant solution.
Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth and can be made from acrylic or chrome. Acrylic dentures are easier to make than chrome dentures, though chrome models are believed to be more comfortable and durable.
Benefits of dentures
It is always beneficial to replace missing teeth because gaps can contribute to oral health problems. Tooth gaps can also affect the aesthetics of the smile, speech and make it difficult to eat and chew properly. Dentures are able to restore the function of the mouth and improve the aesthetics of the smile, in addition to sagging prevention by adding support to the lips and cheeks.
Dentures and dental implants
Dentures can be combined with dental implants to create implant-retained dentures, which are highly durable and provide optimum function. Implants also help to reduce bone loss and provide better anchorage for the dentures, which will give you peace of mind that they will never come loose.